The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Laughing Dog Brewing

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.85%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over 11 months in the making some of the Dogfather is bourbon barrel aged.

71 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 12-21-2009

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Photo of Lunch
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle, purchased at The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD, into my Yeti snifter (01/02/10) at cellar temperature. The bottle had a black sticker right above the label stating; "Bourbon Barrel Aged".

A: Pours a very dark shade of brown with a slight ruby/chestnut hue capped off by a finger of an off-white head with decent retention.

S: The bourbon show through with a burnt or charred character along with a coffee (burnt?) aroma with dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and a tinge of booze.

T: Follows the nose with burnt coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and whiskeyesque alcohol burn. The bourbon seems to surround all of the flavor with an intense and at time overly aggressive way masking some of the nuances of flavor. As the beer warmed the charred bourbon seemed to mellow allowing the other flavors to breathe a bit more. May need some age on it to really shine.

M: A fuller-bodied beer with low carbonation that was rather syrupy with a slight cloying nature. Alcohol was felt in the mouth, and was quite powerful at times.

D: Average drinkability based on the charred and burnt nature of the bourbon, but greatly improved as it warmed.

Overall this beer was a decent bourbon barrel aged Imperial Stout, but was a bit too rough around the edges. Perhaps I will pick up another bottle and sit on it for a year or so, but with some many other great Imperial Stouts out there, I'm not sure if I will. Worth a Look.

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Photo of Pencible
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with lots of tan head. It smelled like milk chocolate and roasted coffee and cream, with some fresh oak and cinnamon and clove. It tasted like sharp fresh oak with some resin and milk chocolate and burnt coffee and a bit of bourbon. It was thick with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this wasn't bad, but the bourbon wasn't very apparent and the oak flavor tasted too much like raw wood. It had great body and hid the alcohol well, but lots of bitterness hurt drinkability. I'm curious if aging would help this beer, because it's only decent fresh.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown, approaching black in color. Lots of head (medium brown in color) that fills about 1/3 of the glass. Took a few minutes for it to die down. No sediment or haze visible.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, and minor hints of oak. When straining to try to find a hint of bourbon, we did. It became much stronger as it warmed (fortunately).

T: Cracked black pepper, licorice, pine sap, and herbal bitterness. Almost seems like they used fresh-cut oak instead of a properly charcoaled bourbon barrel. Coffee, milk chocolate and cream stout flavors are hiding in there as well, but overall this is a disappointment.

M: Good texture, appropriate for the genre. Fine carbonation with thick, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D: The rough flavor of this makes it a challenge to drink.

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Photo of jamie2dope
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Could not decide between this and the regular version. Oh well, this beer pours a motor oil black, with a quick to rise tan heading. Musty nose, with hints of smoke and chocolate. Taste is very bitter, and a tad acrid. Lots of alcohol pouring out of this beer as well. Mouthfeel is much thinner than expected. Frankly, this beer is difficult to finish. Not very impressed with this one from Laughing Dog. I am not sure if the barrel aging has affected it in a negative way. I will opt for the non barrel aged version next time.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, store-labeled 'bourbon barrel aged' around the neck.

A- DARK, deep brown/black, sandy tan head, incredible longevity, lacing off the bat. Head is thick like fog.

S- Bourbon, wood, spicy smoke (like a campfire). Coffee (espresso) is there as well. Pretty potent.

T- Wow. Hot. Bourbony. Woody. Spicy. Intense. A bit of a mess, but all the flavors are really tasty. A starburst of coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon (and bourbon barrels)... still, a bit intense. And I like hot beers. Well, I like this beer. But I bet it would smooth out nicely.

M- Hot, good carbonation, agressive flavors.. if in-your-face stouts are your thing, get your hands on this one.

D- Mystery ABV. It's hot, though. And the flavors demand a slow imbibing. But I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Have not had the non bal-aged version. This one was pretty darn good, though. Going to get more if possible and sit on 'em, as I think this beer has a lot of potential. 6 months to a year and I bet it would smooth out a lot of the roughness around the edges.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The case says this is bourbon barrel aged but the label is the same as the Dogfather. I'll take Laughing Dog's word for it I suppose.

Pours thick and dark with a healthy brown head.

Aromas of charred bourbon barrel, a hint of vanilla, roasty to no end. Smells a bit too burnt for me.

Burnt, smokey oak, bitter coffee and chocolate dominate the palate. Noticable alcohol and a little rough around the edges.

I would hope a few years might add some finesse to this somewhat harsh stout.

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